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£900 i7 Build, advice needed - Moving on from my 6 year old Pentium 4

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December 3, 2009 8:11:04 PM

Hello various forum-folk.

I'm looking to build my own PC - mostly for the experience, as well as the slight price difference - which'll be replacing a pentium 4 Dell fast approaching its 7th birthday.. you could say I'm a little rusty on this.
Having looked around a bit I think I've got a list of what I need, but thought I should probably check here first.

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So here're my requirements:

PRICE POINT: £700-£900

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next 3 weeks, probably before Christmas, (certainly before the VAT rise come 2010).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, photoshop, web browsing, sound and video editing, word processing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Am situated in the UK so Ebuyer.com, but am more than happy to hear about cheaper/better sites.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Most likely looking at an Intel i7 processor, and about 6gb ram.

OVERCLOCKING: OC'ing - Probably will after it is all set up and stable. Crossfire - Maybe, in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current (very old) monitor on 1152*864. Money is tighter for now but am aiming to upgrade to 22" monitor, so 1680*1050 should be about right.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No need for dead silence, but would prefer components on the quieter side.

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Having said that I have looked around a bit and have put together a list of the following components on eBuyer, so I'm mainly looking for people to tell me whether any parts won't fit/be compatible or if they have any more sensible ideas.

ASUS P6T SE iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £138.99

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Socket 1366 D0 stepping 8MB Cache OEM Processor - £197.90

Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory CL9(9-9-9-24) for i7 motherboards - £120.00

ATI HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card Retail Box - £135.00

Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM 158860 - £35.87

Sony AD7241S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer & RAM Burner + LightScribe Black Bare Drive - OEM £18.70

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Complete package - 1 PC - DVD - English - United Kingdom - 89.99

Scythe Shuriken Quiet Low Profile Socket 1366, 478, 775, 754, 939, AM2, AM3 Processor Cooler - £24.50

Antec 300 Three Hundred Case - £39.99

Antec TruePower New 650W Modular PSU - 80plus Bronze and SLI Certified 3x SATA - £70.15

Total: £871.09
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I'd also be very grateful if anyone could tell me what else I'll need to set this up, tools, spare screws, tweezers, all those things...

Thanks in advance.
December 3, 2009 8:19:19 PM

That all looks pretty decent! Only consider getting a 5770 instead of a HD4890. They're more future-proof and cheaper i believe. Also, look for another cooler for overclocking, maybe a CoolerMaster 212.
December 4, 2009 8:20:49 PM

Cheers, mizzl. I'll look into the coolermaster, just as well since it seems that Scythe has just gone out of stock. Any idea for a reliable UK components e-tailer?

Regarding the card, I'm currently undecided on whether to go for the 5770, which can work with DX11 (which I assume won't be standard for a couple of years yet?), or the HD4890 which is a bit pricier but still has DX10.1 and outperforms the 5770 on most fronts.
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